All About Extroversion

Extroverts make up about three-quarters of the American population, and as such come in all stripes. They zip through the world in search of novel experiences, social connections, and leadership opportunities. Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify. But generally speaking, the only people bothered by extroverts' volubility and drive are the introverted members of their circle!

Recent posts on Extroversion

Introvert Isle

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Introvert Power
Wonder what an introverted society looks like? Travel with me to Japan.

About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

By Nancy Ancowitz on September 21, 2016 in Self-Promotion for Introverts
Should you ask an introvert with a game face: “Are you okay?”

How Your Personality Traits Predict Your Love Life

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Insight Therapy
In love and sex, character is destiny; research points to a significant predictive association between the big five personality traits and romantic life.

The Mating Strategies of Extraverts

Life History Theory views long-term and short-term mating strategies as polar opposites. However, some people, particularly extraverts, may pursue both, others neither.

Random Acts of Kindness Can Be Dangerous

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Ambigamy
To maximize your capacity for empathy and compassion, don't automatically move toward charity.

The Anatomy of an MBTI Personality

We can’t go through a single day without using all 8 preferences of the MBTI: extraversion, introversion, intuition, sensing, feeling, thinking, perceiving, and judging.

Donald´s Trump Card . . . or Twitter Tease?

Trump´s tweets trend. This provides the perfect personality snapshot, as Twitter´s 140 character limitation allows us to analyze the temperament behind the tweet.

The Surprising Benefit of Talking to Strangers on a Plane

Here's a good reason to take out your earbuds and say hello to the stranger in the seat next to you.

What If Money Can Buy Happiness?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love. But what if it’s a myth. What if there are ways in which your money can make you happy?

Can an Introvert Ever Change?

If you’re an introvert and wish you weren’t, this new research will show you how to change. All it takes is determination and a specific plan of action.

Personality Traits of Grammar and Spelling Sticklers

New research suggests that introverted people tend to judge others negatively based on grammar and spelling errors.
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Love the One You're With? Or Choose the One You Love?

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Because they prefer not to pursue, introverts are at risk of finding themselves in the wrong relationship.

Just How Different Are Cat People and Dog People?

The commonly held belief that cat people and dog people differ in fundamental ways, put to the test in earlier research, may need to be revisited.

Terrorists at Work: How Familiarity Breeds Contentment

We are drawn to the appeal of familiar faces—whether we know these people or not.

What Really Happens When Introverts Meet Extroverts

In The Genius of Opposites, Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., CSP, explores the ins and outs of pairing introverts and extroverts with the passion of a sommelier pairing food and wine.
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Teen Asks: Am I an Introvert?

By Sophia Dembling on February 11, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
A teen wonders if she' s naturally introverted or if she's an extrovert who's lost her edge.

Analysing and Managing your Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 in A Sideways View
How smart is your boss? What is their personality profile? What really motivates them at work? The more you know about him or her the easier it is to manage them.

How to Get Along with an Introvert

By Elizabeth Wagele on January 19, 2016 in The Career Within You
Invite introverts to join in, but don’t push them.

The 5 Most Dangerous Myths About Narcissism (Part 1)

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on January 16, 2016 in Romance Redux
You may think you know all there is to know about narcissism. But you’d be surprised by how many of your most cherished ideas turn out to be just plain wrong.

Understanding Introverts

5 ways to help an extrovert understand an introvert. Why do we feel we need to change those who aren't like us; instead, let's choose to understand them!

7 Signs of a Covert Introvert Narcissist

Introvert narcissists are often difficult to spot, and yet can carry the same self-conceit and negative contagion as their extroverted counterpart. Look for these key signs...

What Is the Link Between Personality and Selfies?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 in Close Encounters
Selfies have become a regular feature on social media, but research has only recently begun to examine the phenomenon. New studies explore the link between selfies and personality.
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This May Be the Best Prescription for Happiness

Happiness is not a solo enterprise and wellbeing doesn’t occur in a vacuum. We are social creatures and our wellbeing—both physical and mental—depends on our connections.


By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is the world biased in favour of extraverts? We know a lot about the causes and consequences of being extraverted. So what is the underlying psychology of extraversion?

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

Attention Extroverts! Leave Me Alone!

By Steve Albrecht DBA on September 29, 2015 in The Act of Violence
Being an Introvert in an Extrovert's world can be exhausting. Some rules between the two can help.

Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 2

By Nancy Ancowitz on September 25, 2015 in Self-Promotion for Introverts
In the second part of this interview, Introvert Revolution author Andy Johnson offers tools and tips to help introvert leaders thrive in an extrovert-centric world.

What Behaviors Do We Inherit via Genes?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 in The Human Beast
A pervasive assumption in evolutionary psychology is that how we act is affected by the genes we carry. Is there good concrete evidence of this? Are our outcomes predetermined by our biology? The most intriguing findings on this issue come from twin studies.

Can You Change Your Personality?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 in Media Spotlight
A recent research study shows that people are able to make significant personality changes in just sixteen weeks. For example, people who wanted to become more extraverted tested as being higher in extraversion by the end of the study period. These changes can be measured by personality testing as well as behaviour changes.

5 Crucial Tips for Introvert-Extrovert Couples

By Sophia Dembling on September 03, 2015 in The Introvert's Corner
"Because introversion" is not the end of the discussion.